I love driving my Dodge Dakota! If I had to buy another truck it would be a Dodge 6 cylinder! My only complaints are thay could have a little more seat padding, bigger glove compartment, more under backseat storage and better gas mileage! Also being better able to see lighted up dash area and radio information when the headlights are turned on and more room underneath the light between the sun visors.
tilt steering wheel, roominess, style, coloring, and dependability.
I have the 5.9L engine and do not have 4WD so I get top of the range MPG 17 Not good but over all this is a great truck. Functional and striking good looks. I have kept the scheduled maintenance and have done nothing more to it...100% reliable. Have had two instances when I wish I had 4WD while moving around new construction site on wet ground...poor traction on RWD
looks and comfort. Great for long trips all riders very comfortable
Of Course Fuel Economy and fill up the wheel wells
I've had my truck for almost 6 years and have loved it until now. Over the past 6 months I've had to replace thermostat (not a huge deal) then the radiator and now I'm told the 4.7 V8 engine has a possible blown head gasket with only 88,000 miles. After finding this out I've read NUMEROUS accounts of the same problem with this engine.
Large back seat, 90 degree opening rear doors, user-friendly interior
The Dodge Dakota has been a great truck for me. I originally had a '90 Dakota that was still running great at 230,000 miles. Then I joined the Marine Corps and bought the '03 Quad Cab. The only problem I've had with it was a crack in a rubber hose for the fuel EVAP emissions system - a simple inexpensive repair. After sitting in a parking lot for 7 months while I was in Iraq (twice), it ran perfectly for me when I returned (as well as after 2 one month trips to AZ.) It gets me 18 MPG (mixed) and has reached 20MPG (hwy) several times. Bottom line - I love it! I see myself driving this 1 for years to come and probably nothing but Dakotas for the rest of my life.
4 doors. Comfort. Lots of legroom and storage space. Very decent fuel efficiency. The body style. Reliability. Never had to make a warranty claim even after it sat for months on end. Clear instrument panel. Handles great. Size between full and small. Rear passenger windows fully retract.
Wish they had offered the 3.7L V6 a year earlier. Would love to drive and feel this truck with that engine. Wish the rear sliding window was powered - I can't reach it from the driver's seat (Quad Cab).